Memorial Day is this Monday and I know many of you will be gathering with friends and family. Though Memorial Day weekend is traditionally full of poolside fun, grilling, celebrating, and sales, it’s important to take a moment and remember what it’s all about.
Memorial Day is a day for honoring all those brave men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. So while you are celebrating with your family, take just a moment to explain to your kids what this day is about and how important it is to remember these brave soldiers who fought and died for our freedom.
Since it is a holiday, a lot of people will be grilling this Memorial Day weekend, as is tradition, but I know a lot of you will be using your oven, stove or Instant Pot to prepare lots of goodies for your gathering. So I put together a list of easy, crowd-pleasing recipes you can make.
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I have some main course recipes as well as few desserts for you to choose from. Some are Instant Pot and a few are not. But all of them are delicious!
Here are my suggestions for your Memorial Day!
Memorial Day Lunch or Dinner Recipes
Let’s start with the main course!
Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
Nothing could be more perfect for a Memorial Day gathering than some delicious pulled pork! This Dr.Pepper Pulled Pork is so easy to make and the flavor is perfection! I recommend serving it on sliders if you will be having lots of guests.
Texas Chili Beans (Stovetop)
Your guests would love a warm bowl of this amazing Texas Chili! My husband’s chili recipe is definitely a favorite with our friends and family. Very easy to make and won’t take all day! If you decide to make chili, don’t forget to make a side of my delicious Texas Wildfire Cornbread!
Instant Pot Hamburgers
My friend Sandy, from Simply Happy Foodie, has a delicious recipe for making Hamburgers in your Instant Pot. Burgers on Memorial day is as traditional as it gets!
Instant Pot Coca-Cola Ribs
If ribs are more your style, then check out this easy recipe from my friend Laura, from Awe Filled Homemaker, for making delicious Instant Pot Coca-Cola Ribs. They’re sure to be a hit!
Buffalo Chicken Wings
Wings are always a hit at parties! My friend Aneesha from Spice Cravings has a great recipe for Buffalo Chicken Wings. Her recipe shows you how to make them in the Instant Pot as well as in the oven.
Memorial Day Sides
If you don’t want to break tradition and you will be grilling all your meat, then I recommend taking advantage of your Instant Pot to make most of your side dishes. It will save you time and you can make them beforehand.
These sides make perfect companions for your main course!
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
This super easy side is a must have at your Memorial Day gathering! Whether you grill it or make it in the Instant Pot, corn on the cob should make an appearance!
Instant Pot Green Beans
These Instant Pot Green Beans are the ones that made me love green beans! A perfect side for pulled pork or even hamburgers!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Once you make these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, you won’t want to make them on the stove ever again! Easiest side dish ever!
Macaroni Salad (Instant Pot or Stovetop)
This Amazing Macaroni Salad is so delicious! It has a surprise in every bite. I have made it for several gatherings and it’s always a huge success. You can make it in the Instant Pot like my recipe says, or you can simply boil your pasta and follow the rest of the recipe as is.
Instant Pot Perfect Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese is a perfect side for just about anything! My super easy and incredibly yummy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese will certainly be a hit with your guests!
Texas Wildfire Cornbread (Oven)
So this one is for your oven. But if you’re making chili, you must make a batch of my Texas Wildfire Cornbread. If you prefer a traditional cornbread, I got you covered with this delicious Skillet Cornbread recipe.
Memorial Day Appetizers
You’ll want to keep your family and guests busy while the main meals are being prepared, so here’s a few delicious appetizers they will love!
All super easy and definitely all crowd pleasers!
This Homemade Hummus will be your new favorite go-to. After you make this, you won’t be buying any more hummus at the store. It’s creamy, delicious, and only takes a few minutes to make. Your family and guests will gobble it up!
3 Easy Party Dips
These three easy dip recipes are all crowd pleasers. These are not Instant Pot dips, but a couple of them are made easier by the Instant Pot. These are all my mom’s recipes and they are family favorites! They will keep your guests happy while they wait for the main course.
Memorial Day Desserts
Of course, it wouldn’t be a great meal, without some delicious dessert!
Easy Apple Crumble (Oven)
Nothing as American as Apple Pie! Or Apple Crumble in this case. This super easy to make apple crumble will hit the spot. Served with ice cream, it’s sure to make your guests leave happy!
Instant Pot Flan
My Instant Pot Flan is easy to make and it is so creamy and delicious, your guest will thank you for making it! I recommend making it the day before, so it’s perfectly set and ready to enjoy!
Finally, you can serve your guests some delicious homemade brownies! These easy, from-scratch brownies are amazing! You can serve them alone or topped with ice cream. Yum!
If you’d like some ideas of what to serve your guests to drink, check out my post for some Fun and Refreshing Summer Drinks!
I hope you have a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend!